Open Water Sessions and Blenheim Palace Tri Volunteering

Hello OxfordTri Family, 

I hope that this finds you well. It’s been a hugely exciting week with our OWS Coaches sessions going live with the support of Blenheim Palace Triathlon. They have been a huge support to us and as a result we have an exciting opportunity to give back and to support what is an amazing event. Please do consider volunteering even if it is only for a morning or an afternoon and help is greatly appreciated plus there are some additional perks so read below!

God Bless

Blenheim Tri

Open Water Familiarisation Sessions 

As mentioned previously, in the month of May we are running coached Open Water sessions alongside our Saturday Morning Social Swims at Queenford Lake. These are open to both members* and non-members.

The sessions will include focusing on helping swimmers acclimatize to the water, mastering breathing techniques, and becoming comfortable with having their face in the water. Our goal is to have participants feel more confident swimming in open water and is overseen by out excellent coaching team.

More information can be found on our website HERE

*Not included in core membership

Blenheim Tri Volunteering

We are partnering with Motiv Sports who are the new organisers of Blenheim Tri and as a result have received some marketing support around out OWS sessions and they have given us already two complimentary spaces for the Triathlon and then Oxford 1/2 coming up later in the year. These will be drawn at random for those of help out volunteering over the weekend and depending on numbers we may get even more spaces.

They have asked OxfordTri if we would be willing to take on a lead role in supporting the running of the transition area for the duration of the weekend. Transition is the perfect place for a Tri Club to help out as it’s ofter where that Tri specific knowledge comes in incredibly handy.

We are still finalising some minor details however would love you to consider if you would possibly be able to volunteer and in doing so support the Blenheim Tri event but also us as a club. Our partnership with Motiv Sports enables us to continue to offer the great value that we do to you our members.

The shifts over the weekend are as follows;

Saturday 1st of June 2024

06:30 – 12:30 and 12:00 – 18:00

Sunday 2nd of June 2024

06:30 – 11:30 and 11:00 – 15:00

If you can volunteer please sign up using the following link –

Why not sign up and make it an awesome weekend with your fellow Oxford Tri Members?

Can you help OxfordTri?

We are currently on the lookout for people to help with some roles within the club. This is an amazing way to give back not just to the club but the sport and the local community. At the moment we have the following vacancies and would love to chat if you think you would be able to help out with them. 

Secretary (Committee Role) 

Key Roles Include; 

  • Organising venues and booking venues for committee meetings and AGM
  • Minute taking at committee meetings and AGM
  • Monitoring the info@oxfordtri email inbox 

Social Media Assist (Non-Committee Role) 

Key Roles Include; 

  • Creating wording for social media posts 
  • Helping post social media content 
  • Monitoring social media inboxes 

If you are interested in any of these roles please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Craig at

Open Water Swim Sessions

We are really excited to be back there this year and I’m sure that you will agree that we are incredibly fortunate to be able to use this space not just once but twice a week at points throughout the summer. 

Our Saturday morning sessions which run 8-9am will be starting the first weekend in May and running through till September. 

Our Wednesday evening sessions which run 7-8pm will be starting the first Wednesday in June running through till September. This is slightly different from last year however analysing the attendance and considering the need for the club to make some savings we have decided that this would be in the best interest for all. This means that our pool sessions on Wednesday night are set to continue through to that point unless there is a significant drop of in attendance. 

We are also going be having our Burgers and Beers social not once but twice and have plans to trial a ‘bring a buddy’ session in the alternative months that we’ve not got the BBQ fired up. 

Finally, to make these sessions happen we need you to share responsibility when it comes to helping out supervise the session. We will share more about what this role entails over the coming weeks but do be thinking about helping in this role at least once throughout the summer. 

I hope you are as excited to get back in the lake as we are! 

Mota-vation 2024 Series

Off the huge success of the Cross Country season we have decided this year to target taking part in the local Mota-vation series. The races are held monthly at various venues in Oxfordshire on Thursday nights (once a month between April and August). Each race is approx 4-5 miles long and take place mainly on paths/roads with race No 5 being the only advertised at off road. The race was created by OxfordTri’s founder Mike Dunmore and we are hugely excited to be back properly racing it this year. Below is the dates and venues of each of the races:

Race 1 – 25th Apr 2024, 19:00 – Charlton on Otmoor
Race 2 – 30th May 2024, 19:30 – Oxford
Race 3 – 27th Jun 2024, 19:30 – Combe I
Race 4 – 25th Jul 2024, 19:30 – Combe II
Race 5 – 29th Aug 2024, 19:00 – Stratfield Brake

Entry for the series or race one on its own can be found HERE please note anyone who participated in the XC this year will should have an Athletics England Membership (Please do double check though, you should have an email with your UKA Reg No)

We look forward to breaking records again this year for the number of OxfordTri members taking part!

Training Calendar 

See the official calendar for full info and sign up links.

Monday 15th April: Coached Swim – Leys Pool @ 20:00

Tuesday 16th April: Member Lead Social Run – Headington Hill @ 19:00

Tuesday 16th April: Coached Swim – Thame Pool @ 20:00

Wednesday 17th April: Coached Swim – Radley Pool @ 20:00

Thursday 18th April: Coached Run – Horspath Track @ 19:00

Friday 19th April: Coached Swim – Kidlington Pool @ 19:00

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